Bottled water donations pour into Sabah

Bottled water donations pour into Sabah
Generosity abounds: People distributing boxes of mineral water to Ranau residents.

KOTA KINABALU - The taps have run dry in Ranau and Kundasang, but well wishers are flooding in to help ensure water will not be lacking where it is most needed.

A cyberspace appeal for drinking water for Ranau and Kundasang has received overwhelming response with collection centres filling up with donated cartons of bottled water.

The bottled water appeals went out via social media on Tuesday afternoon.

About 40 four-wheel-drive owners from here and Penampang were among the first to respond to the plea.

They managed to deliver some 2,000 crates of 1.5-litre bottled water to those at the Ranau hospital.

Spokesman Fred Leong said they would be continuing to deliver the bottled water to schools around Ranau.

Various collection centres have been set up here to receive the bottled water, including the City Hall and the Likas, Tuaran and Bukit Padang hospitals as well as the Red Crescent centre here.

A Ranau district hospital official said they were expecting another 2,000 crates of bottled water today.

Taps had run dry in Ranau and Kundasang after the district's water treatment plant was clogged with fallen trees, rocks and boulders as well as other debris on Monday.

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